Bethlehem College, Ashfield NSW







Established: 1881

Principal: Ann Freeman

Address: 18 Bland Street, Ashfield 2131


Key Information


57 Teaching

20 Non Teaching


$4,582 (Year 7)

$4,290 (Year 12)

HSC Subjects



Japanese, Chinese & Italian


VET Available

About our school

Bethlehem College has a wonderful and well earned reputation for being at the forefront of girls’ education. In fact, Bethlehem was the first girls’ school to have science labs! Fast forward now for a peek into the future and you will see that passion for education and the wellbeing of the young women in our care is still alive and well. Bethlehem is continuing to push the boundaries to provide the very best in education for young women.

Underpinning Bethlehem’s educational strategies is an understanding of each individual student and their academic and emotional needs and an understanding of what skills they will need to succeed in the future. Some of the educational initiatives we have added to our curriculum to meet these needs include a Global Capabilities & Entrepreneurship program, an Instructional Specialist in the key area of Literacy, a Pathways & Partnerships Program, a dedicated Numeracy program, Chinese, Japanese & Italian languages electives and participation in the Tournament of the Minds & Titration Chemistry Competitions. However, initiatives and programs cannot work without enthusiastic students who are able to think critically, be creative and take responsibility for their own learning.

At Bethlehem we find that our girls are happy girls who want to be at the College with their teachers and friends. They use words such as exciting, interesting, refreshing and stimulating to describe their days. They desire and expect to operate with autonomy and choice and at Bethlehem we allow students to have a voice in their learning. Our leadership and wellbeing programs work side by side to develop independent, creative thinkers and confident young women who are ready to take their place in the world beyond Bethlehem.

Principal's Message

As the requirements of the future change, future jobs also require more problem-solving and critical thinking skills.  Bethlehem’s expanded teaching program will ensure that Bethlehem girls are prepared for the future through “learning by doing approaches that foster a deep understanding”.

We want our girls to want to come to school and for their learning to be an experience that they not only enjoy, but one that will set them up for the future. We have embraced change in a big way by responding to the research that clearly shows that we must embrace learning for the future. 

Bethlehem’s new programs for 2022 include Global Capabilities & Entrepreneurship as a subject for Years 8 and 9, a new and proven Literacy program, the teaching of Mandarin as a language elective, as well as the introduction of a Pathways and Partnerships program and an Information and Innovation hub.

Ann Freeman, Principal.

Quick Facts

  • All girls’ school 7-12
  • Entrepreneurship and Global Opportunities Program
  • Chinese, Japanese & Italian Languages offered • An inclusive & culturally diverse learning community
  • Close to public transport
  • Wide range of subjects & activities including Duke of Ed & College Band
  • Diverse Learning including the Newman Selective Gifted & Talented Program
  • State of the art Music & Art facilities
  • Up to date technology including 3D printing, engraving & laser cutting
  • Recently completed building program with air conditioning throughout

More from the school

NAPLAN Results

Year Reading Writing Spelling Grammar Numeracy
Year 7 549 539 572 565 555
Year 9 604 590 618 605 605

This table above shows the average student results at this school for the year 2019.
Naplan data is sourced from:

Campus Locations

Main Campus

18 Bland Street, Ashfield, 2131

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